An asbestos management survey is generally referred to as a ‘standard survey’. The purpose of an asbestos management survey is to locate (as far as reasonably practicable) the presence of any potential asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building. The survey will also identify ACMs which could be damaged or disturbed during normal everyday occupancy within the building, ongoing maintenance activities and an overall assessment of the condition of any ACMs found so a management plan can be put in place.
What’s involved with an asbestos management survey?
Asbestos management surveys can include some intrusive work and can cause some disturbance. The overall level of intrusion will differ between sites and different factors will apply, such as construction methods, building type and accessibility to the building or buildings. Our expert surveyors will inspect all areas of the building, or the required area, to locate any or all ACMs (asbestos-containing materials). The survey is designed not to cause any major damage to the building or area in which the survey is taking place. An asbestos management survey will usually include a general inspection of all floors, ceilings, surface levels, walls, suspended ceiling voids, loft voids, etc.
The Asbestos Management Survey, where required, will also include sampling of suspect materials, and the analysis of these materials, to confirm whether asbestos is present or not.
As part of an asbestos management survey, material risk assessments will be undertaken on all suspect materials. The material risk assessment works out the chance of these materials releasing asbestos fibre if they were to be damaged or disturbed. This initial assessment will then help you or the duty holder to evaluate and produce a plan for managing asbestos.
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Asbestos management surveys can also cover everyday maintenance and repair work in a building. However the duty holder in charge of the building(s) should be aware that where extensive maintenance or repair work is required, then an asbestos management survey may not be the best way to ensure adequate information to enable works to start and/or proceed. More intrusive, and possibly destructive, investigations may be needed in the form of an asbestos refurbishment survey. An asbestos refurbishment survey should be undertaken before starting any potential work which will disturb the fabric of the building.